Reinvention starts with quitting, a philosophy I didn’t know I had until I gave a TEDx talk . For me, quitting meant giving up a six-figure corporate PR job that appealed to my left-brain side and embarking on a creative career with no guarantees of traditional “success.” That first step was like telling my old life “Sorry corporate world; I’ve met someone.” This blog is part of that transformation.
To start with, I drove down the Pan-American Highway in a vintage camper with my much less risk-averse husband. Along the way I learned to let go and trust myself. I didn’t need as much certainty as I thought I did and couldn’t demand it of the universe anyway. We figured out how to start over in the small town in the Deep South that stole my heart many years ago: Beaufort, SC. I’m explaining all of this to you now from an antique teak writing desk in a room that overlooks the Beaufort River. But I’m just as likely to post from Mexico or Myanmar, wherever my reinvented life leads me.
In addition to blogging, I write screenplays and non-fiction. My first book was a collaboration with my photographer-husband Gary Geboy. I wrote the narrative for his “Transfer of Grace: Images of the South Carolina Lowcountry,” published by Joggling Board Press. My latest book, also with JBP, is “The Other Mother: a rememoir.” It’s a fusion of memoir and biography about my relationship with the modern dancer Byrne Miller. She had her own way of describing and encouraging reinvention. “Close the door behind you and walk into another room.”
Consider this blog that new room. The welcome mat is out.